After conversations with NBA executives, player development specialists and advanced scouts, I offer a range of six candidates for the Clippers’ head coaching job:
There’s some thought that the Clippers might keep the head-coaching job vacant into the free-agent period — a tacit signal to a certain superstar that signing with the Clips would entitle him to choose his own coach. Barring that improbability, it’s likely the Clippers will soon be in the market for their next head coach, presumably someone they envision sticking around to build a winner. It will be an enormous hire for a franchise with an intriguing core of talent and more help on the way.
What should the Clippers be looking for?
There are countless variables to consider. Should the organization spend the money on a top-shelf coach with a winning pedigree? How important is the capacity to coexist with Baron Davis? Given the pair of 21-year-olds to which the Clippers are staking their future, should player development be a priority? Should the Clippers look for a coach more inclined to push the ball, or would a half-court practitioner be better? Why not roll the dice on a high-risk/high-reward innovator, even if the résumé is shorter?
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